Re: Beginner - want to get an E-drum kit
Having just returned an Alesis DM8 USB kit to the dealer, I can definitely say go with Roland. On my Alesis kit, two tom pads simply came off their bases (looked to be glued with some sort of questionable glue of all things) and then the kick pad simply quit. Luckily, I got a full refund, which enabled me to get a Roland TD-11K. It has fewer drum kits in the module (25 compared to Alesis' 100), but they are all serious kits, not gimmicky, and the whole workmanship of the physical kit is far superior. I actually prefer the three rubber toms to the mesh heads of the TD-11KV, especially since tom 1 and 2 on that kit are the smaller six-inch ones. The three PD-8's on the Roland are great, no rim shots though. The Roland cost $899 Cdn vs. compared to $498 Cdn. for the Alesis (clearance price on that one), so one would expect better build quality. Roland seems to be a lot more serious about the e-drum business, at least from my experience of the lower/mid end models.